Buying the Right Tent
- Consider size, weight and comfort for both travelling with and staying in.
- If you want to store your gear in the tent double the size is a general rule.
- Larger tents with separate areas are great for families.
- Consider the climate. New Zealand's climate is very changeable; make sure you choose a quality waterproof tent with a fly that goes all the way to the ground, and an insect mesh for protection.
- Pick a sturdy tent that can with stand a heavy rainfall but offers ventilation for warm days.
- Nylon vs. Canvas, Nylon is lightweight and often cheaper, canvas is more durable expensive and heavy.
- A dome tent will offer the best option for your ease of set up and take down.
- Choose a level campsite out of the prevailing wind, with good drainage in case of wet weather.
- Avoid camping under large trees with a windfall risk.
- Do not touch the sides of your tent or allow your gear to lean against the tent walls.
- A ground cloth placed under your tent will also keep your tent floor dry and clean.
- Properly secure all tent poles and tie downs.
- If you're at a campground, find out about security and the 'quiet' hours. Be respectful of others.
- Check out any hazards in the campsite area, especially for children, such as streams, rivers and busy roads.
- Minimise your impact on the environment.
Camping with Children.
- Take along toys, board games or cards.
- Have fun activities planned if the weather turns for the worst.
- Bring plenty of food and drinks.
- Keep your children protected from the sun especially between 10am and 3pm. The New Zealand sun is very damaging.
- Make sure you children have paper and books to draw on and record their experiences.
- Always carry a first aid kit.
- A basic knowledge of first aid and some CPR training may save a life.
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